LAKERS FAVORED TO THREE-PEAT IN NBA

October 27, 2001 10:12 PM
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The two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers opened as 7-5 favorites to retain their NBA title when the season begins Tuesday.

The San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento share the second choice at 6-1, according to odds posted by Las Vegas Sports Consultants.

Philadelphia, last year's runnerup to the Lakers, is fourth best at 8-1. The Kings made the biggest preseason move, coming down from 12-1.

The longest shot on the LVSC board are Golden State and Chicago at 350-1. The Washington Wizards, with Michael Jordan coming out of retirement, are 15-1 to win the NBA crown.